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Here’s what’s happening now:

The rate of confirmed cases in Wake County has increased to 32 cases per 100,000 people from 24/100,000 people this time last week. This rate is a rolling 14-day average.

The median weekly growth for COVID-19 cases in Wake County ZIP codes, compared to their totals, also increased this week. Last week, it was 0.10%, this week it’s 0.26%.

The percent of tests that are positive in Wake County is at goal level for the eighth week in a row. This week the rolling 14-day average in Wake County is at 1.3%, slightly lower than last week’s 1.4%. The statewide percentage is also up to 3.4% from 2% last week. The goal is 5% or less.

Vaccination percentages: 59% of all Wake County residents are vaccinated with at least one dose, 56% are fully vaccinated, both up 1%. 43% of North Carolinians are fully vaccinated, 46% received one dose.

Hospitalizations is another number to watch. In the region that includes Wake County, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston and Lee counties, 35 people are hospitalized as of Thursday, up from 24 last week.

There is one K-12 or childcare clusters in Wake County as of Thursday's dashboard, at a childcare center. It wasn’t named in Tuesday’s report.

There are 3 congregate living facility outbreaks in Wake County, with no increases.

📊 Cases by ZIP code, more data: []
Message from Raleigh Convergence Membership: 

Individual and corporate members will see a discount code message below this message for our upcoming event! 
Converging Stories:
Meet the guest emcee for our Converging Stories event on Monday night at Transfer Co. Ballroom on the theme of Distance + Exploration!
🎙️EMCEE Alex Warren:

Alex Warren is the owner of Runologie and Race Director for the Dix Park Race Series. He is a native North Carolinian and has lived in the Triangle all of his life.

Alex has been running since the age of 12 and developed a deep passion for it, which led to owning a running store and producing events for the Raleigh running community.

You can find Alex at the shop most days, but when he gets out and about he is often on a bike or exploring a national park.
Click here to see the four storytellers. Buy your tickets here!

5 ideas for your weekend and beyond

🍅 Family Day at Apex Farmers Market: The weekly market is extra kid-friendly this Saturday with activities and live music. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in Downtown Apex. [site]

🍔 Hightop Burger Grand Opening: The beef and plant-based burger spot opened in the middle of the pandemic. Saturday's event, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., includes a revised menu and specials. [FB event

🧘🏿Weekend Wind-Down: At 11 a.m. Sunday, attend a 75-minute Yin class, followed by a spirit-free drink, from Current Wellness in Downtown Raleigh. [site]

🌳Explore the Oak Room: The recently-opened area for dogs and humans at Dorothea Dix Park includes swings, picnic tables and water fountains for people and pups. []

🎙️Converging Stories: Distance + Exploration: Hear four community storytellers and a guest emcee share true, first-person narratives -- in about 10 minutes each -- on the theme of distance and exploration. 7 p.m. Monday, Transfer Co. Ballroom. [tickets]

Library programs,
including storytimes for young children, have resumed inside and outside at Wake County libraries, a county spokesperson confirmed to Raleigh Convergence. Because of limited space, some events for kids aren't promoted on the calendar. Your best bet: Contact the library nearest you directly to see what's available when. [locations]

Duke Raleigh Hospital announced Thursday that the new South Pavilion expansion is opening. Construction began in 2018. The South Pavilion includes 92 patient rooms, 28 of which are intensive care. Monday is the first day patients could be served in the new six-story expansion.  [video]

Apex hired its new police chief, a North Carolina native most recently from the Ferguson, Mo., police department. Jason Armstrong will also be the town's first Black police chief. [WRAL]

See Dix Park Plaza & Play models and interactive displays at the upcoming public meeting on Tuesday. Registration is required for the time slots at 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. [register]

Waves Shave Ice opens Saturday in Holly Springs at Ting Park. The food truck is distinctive for its fresh fruit syrups and toppings. [@wavesshaveice] 🥥
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